I rarely watch tv or else my table legs would have marks on them also.
It was probably TAG at Sheffield 2005? that Colin Richards suggested that procuring sufficient stones would have required communication, negotiation and co-operation. I agree with that, however, this perhaps implies that there were separate tribes or bands. I have to say that I don't really agree with the theory that there was much separation. I'm more inclined to go with Whittle et al's the idea that henges for instance were an ideal social arena, perhaps even the place to meet a 'spouse'.
Considering that there are so many similarities between megalithic structures across a very great distance and the sea being a route, not a barrier, *nods to Quentin Drew and Kathy Fewster* and Richard Bradley (stone axe trade) I cannot believe that there was little communication.
I don't think we can think in Neolithic time when there are ways to measure time other than by a clock and calendar. Question - How long will it be before a meal is ready? Answer When the food is cooked.
I've rambled on enough anyway,
> Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 22:55:35 +0000> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [BRITARCH] Networking: Prehistoric Style> To: > > This evenings BBCs 'Time Watch' programme had me knawing at the table leg.> > Firstly we get the statement that travel and communcations was difficult at the time Rockhenge was built only to be followed by the fact that the bluestones were moved hundreds of kilometres and the Amesbury Archer travelled to the proto-Rockhenge from the Alps.> > Contradiction?> > There must have been a pretty effective communication network over a great, sorry, very great distance for all of this to happen!> > I have always thought that the 'small insular tribal' scenario of British Prehistory to be nothing but utter bunk!> > We have to remember that when dealing with our understanding, which is very little indeed, of these times that we define 'happenings' within huge chunks of time in which in reality masses of events, communications, knowledge transference, social movement & networking must have and can only have happened.> > I once studied Geology and getting ones head around geological time periods is mind blowing but one has to appreciate that one cannot restrict ones preception of large lumps of time as if they are similar to our more familiar daily, weekly, monthly, yearly lumps of time.> > We must not fall for such a mistake, otherwise our understanding of time conceptuality is completely lost!!> > >
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